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Male-female differences in foraging on crops by Asian elephants

Sukumar, R and Gadgil, Madhav (1988) Male-female differences in foraging on crops by Asian elephants. In: Animal Behaviour, 36 (4). pp. 1233-1235.

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Males and females may differ in morphology or behaviour because of contrasting factors affecting their reproductive success. In polygynous mammals with a marked sexual dimorphism, males are more likely to exhibit risky behaviour promoting reproductive success (Trivers 1985). In this study the authors present evidence that pubertal and adult male Asian elephants, Elephas maximus (above 15 years) incur greater risks than female-led family herds by foraging on cultivated crops which have more nutritive value than wild food plants.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Animal Behaviour
Publisher: Elsevier science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier science.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2010 08:13
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2010 08:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/32371

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